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San Mateo, CA
Interests: Real Estate Development, Running, old buildings, good wine, building technology, Hawaii, fantasy football, anything from Apple and delicious craft/local beer.
Recent Activity
Recently, I had the burning need to find a certain document that was buried somewhere within the expansive paper archives of our building in Foster City. The Chief Engineer had been looking for weeks, to no avail. I decided that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Build It
In my estimating travels, I come across a lot of small jobs. Wall demo here, relocate this there, etc. Largely, these types of jobs are for tenants directly and not through property management. What I find is that most tenants... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Build It
I am apparently a little behind on this, but last year, Mattel came out with a new Barbie doll in their series of "I Can Be..." Barbies showcasing different career paths for Barbie. The specific doll in question here is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at Build It
I came across a wonderful TED talk by Julian Treasure about the influence of poor sound design on our built environments and how it affects our health, our social interactions and our overall production and wealth. I find it very... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Build It
As a follow-up to yesterday's post about making the word "blueprint" cool again, I saw this article in the San Francisco Chronicle talking about how the public much prefers the word "hospital" over the marketing-speak term "medical center" which is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at Build It
Walking to work this morning, I saw an ad on the side of a bus for a new hospital in San Francisco. The ad stated that they weren't just making a plan for better healthcare, but a blueprint. Ironically, it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at Build It
I'm watching a Travel Channel program called "Outer Limits" and they are currently in Seattle showcasing the hydroelectric source of 90% of Seattle's power. Essentially, in 1903 they built a 10-mile long wooden flume to shunt water from a river... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Build It
A friend in Repro wrote me recently asking for my opinion on a task he had been assigned by his boss. Essentially, he was tasked with creating a Powerpoint deck that he could show to potential customers to "educate" them... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at Build It
For those of you who are fairly regular viewers of this blog, you'll have noticed that I changed up the overall style of the blog. I updated the style to reflect a more Real Estate Development-centric theme, because that coincides... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2011 at Build It
I think everyone's hearts and prayers go out to Japan this morning after one of the largest earthquakes on record, anywhere. One thing that struck me this morning was the low number of reported deaths (so far) particularly in one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Build It
Yet another comic from the Joy of Tech folks. "Cloud" is such a buzzword these days and I think this is a great take on the trend.  Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Build It
From the blog Coffee with an Architect comes a simple way to find out if you're destined to be an Architect. Really funny stuff (link below the photo). Jared Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at Build It
I wanted to share a quote from the book I'm currently reading, "Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets: How to Fix America's Trillion Dollar Construction Industry" by Barry LePatner. In speaking about how increased productivity in Construction would benefit the whole country... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at Build It
A bit of a departure from the normal content of this blog, but I saw this video today and thought it was great. Additionally, those in Sales should always be cognizant of language and its affect on others. Please to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Build It
From one of my favorite web cartoons The Joy of Tech, and one of my favorite new addictions: Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at Build It
I read a great quote this evening that really made me think about the extent at which you should listen to customers and the point at which you stop listening and try to ram something down their throats because you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2011 at Build It
The front page of the New York Times the other day carried this story, "In New Military, Data Overload Can Be Deadly". Here is some quoted text from the first few paragraphs: "When military investigators looked into an attack by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Build It
First of all, I apologize to all 5 of my readers for not updating the blog recently. My wife and I welcomed a baby girl on September 7th and that has taken up a fair amount of my time, as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at Build It
Driving down the road today, I saw a truck labeled "Steritech: Brand Protection Services". The name is incredibly bland (especially in the land of anything-tech), but the tagline really jumped out at me. Did this guy drive around all day... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Build It
Saw this interesting comparison of hardcopy books versus digital downloads. It seems as though the power still remains with hardcopy, but for how long. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Build It
Last week, I diligently stood in line at my local Apple store to get my hands on the new iPhone 4. An amazing little device, and definitely a big jump up from my previous 3G model. One of the new... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at Build It
At my gym, I often see the Membership Representatives leading prospective members around the club. The majority of the time, the prospects looked dazed and confused and a little lost. The reason for these blank stares and silent prospects is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at Build It
As part of the TypePad service, it provides you stats on who has visited your blog and how they got there. Often, hits come via Google searches for reprographic or construction terms and TypePad shows you what people have looked... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at Build It
I recently completed my CSI Construction Document Technologist certification. The CDT certification demonstrates that one understands the processes and documents inherent in this complicated process that is construction. The major tome of reference for your CDT certification is the Project... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Build It
After my post yesterday, a reader brought up a really good point. In order to fill the news void that has been vacated by actual reporters, many outlets now rely on public reporting or the "man on the street" perspective.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at Build It